Author and historian

Keith Lowe is a best-selling historian, specialising in the Second World War and its aftermath. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages.

He is the author of three major historical works. Inferno (Viking: 2007) is a detailed study of the bombing of Hamburg in 1943, in which more than 40,000 German civilians were killed. Based on previously unpublished documents and personal interviews, it examines the long-term consequences of one of the most destructive events of the Second World War.

His second book, Savage Continent (Viking: 2012), is a ground-breaking study of what happened in Europe after the war was supposed to have finished. It contends that, far from being an era of renewed peace, the years 1945-1949 were actually a time of continuing vengeance, crime and widespread political and ethnic violence throughout Europe. By challenging some of our most persistent myths about the liberation, Savage Continent quickly became an international bestseller. It won the English PEN/Hessell-Tiltman Prize, and Italy’s national Cherasco History Prize.

His most recent book, The Fear and the Freedom (Viking: 2017), is a study of how the Second World War still affects us today. It describes the long-term consequences of this vast trauma on every aspect of modern life: it is a global history from 1945 right up until the present day. It was shortlisted for the Historical Writer’s Association Crown.

Keith Lowe lives in north London with his wife and two children.